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Virginia Kester May 19, 1930 - May 28, 2024

Date of Funeral

June 3, 2024

Virginia Mae Kester, age 94 of Springfield, Missouri, went to be with her Heavenly Father for eternity, Tuesday, May 28, 2024. She was born May 19, 1930, in Ava, Missouri, to her parents, Hubert and Lillian Klineline and was the fifth of six children. On March 22, 1946, she was united in marriage to Ernest Kester Jr. who preceded her in death on June 30, 2006. Virginia was also preceded in death by a son David, two brothers and two sisters.

Virginia is survived by a son Dennis Kester and wife Paula of Springfield; grandsons Jeff and wife Stacy, Jason and wife Ashley all of Springfield: grandson Ian and wife Jillian of Las Vegas, Nevada; granddaughter Hana Vujeva and husband Steven of Centennial, Colorado; nine great-grandchildren Katy, Mary, Maggie, Addy, Bennett, Eliot, Cora, Ezra and Evelyn; one sister Irene O’Harra of Springfield; many nieces, nephews and loving friends.

Virginia enjoyed being a homemaker and working in a Springfield hardware store for many years. She also helped her sons in the furniture business. Virginia was a great cook and an avid quilter. With her talent for quilting, she made all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren a quilt. Virginia was a longtime member of Hopedale Baptist Church and most recently of Ridgecrest Baptist Church. The family wishes to express gratitude to Fue Hang and staff at Mission Ridge for the love, kindness and exceptional care Virginia received while in assisted living. Also, thanks to staff at The Neighborhoods at Quail Creek skilled nursing facility and the seventh-floor staff at Cox South Hospital.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the American Breast Cancer Society or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Monday, June 3, 2024, in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark, Missouri. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service and begin at 10:00 A.M. Virginia will be laid to rest at Rivermonte Memorial Gardens, Springfield, Missouri. Online condolences may be shared at www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com.



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    Kim Hudson Hershey says

    I loved to visit with aunt Virginia; she was a fantastic cook and a great support to me! She was a great storyteller and generous person! I will miss her and cherish the memories that I have of all the times we shared!

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    Tracy Lilleberg and Family says

    Great Aunt Virginia was such a kind special lady. I always enjoyed her homemade sweets she shared every time I visited Grandma Mildred next door. She always made everyone she encountered feel loved and welcomed even if you just met her. I will never forget her infectious smile and that cute twinkle she had in her eye when she greeted people. She will be deeply missed.

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